Day Twenty-Nine, March 29, 2012

April 18, 2012  •  1 Comment

OK... Here comes my busiest day to date.  I shot 1287 images and started my day at five a.m. on the Galilee watching the sunrise over the Golan Heights.  I was on a peer in Tiberius when I shot this.


On the north shore just below the Mount of Beatitudes and above were Jesus feed the 5000 is a little cave where tradition tells us Jesus would get away by Himself


Just below on the shores of the Galilee a stream flows with fresh water from the north


Half way up the Mount of Beatitudes is a beautiful panorama of the Galilee


Here is a vantage point of the Mount of Beatitudes that only a hiker can get to.  The area in front is where it is said that Jesus preached His longest recorded sermon - The Sermon on the Mount.


This is the westward view from the Golan Heights overlooking the southern part of the Sea of Galilee.

Just behind me where I took this panorama are some Syrian Bunkers that were build during 1948-67, when Syria controlled the Golan Heights.  It used the area as a military stronghold from which its troops randomly sniped at Israeli civilians in the Hula Valley below, forcing children living on Kibbutzim to sleep in bomb shelters. In addition, many roads in northern Israel could be crossed only after probing by mine-detection vehicles.


Here is the area on the eastern shore of the Galilee below the Golan Heights that is thought to be where Jesus encountered the demoniac and cast the demons in the pigs.


Not far down the road in the same area is this monument commemorating the place where Jesus fed the 4000.  Most of these people were Gentiles and it is thought that the man delivered from the demons brought them from his village that is on the other side of the Golan Heights.

Matthew 15:32


An hour drive north I was at Caesarea Philippi - It is also known as Banias... I wish my GPS knew that - wasted a lot of time looking for it.

Here you can view the remnants of the Temple of Pan

In the Gospels after Jesus asked His disciples "Who do men say that I am", they replied that Jesus was thought to be John the Baptist, Elias, or some other prophet, although Peter gave his own view and confessed his belief that Jesus was the Messiah (Christ).

Here Jesus predicted His destiny, for which Peter rebuked Him. In Matthew, Peter's expression of belief that Jesus was the Messiah is the occasion for Jesus designating Peter's confession as the rock on which the Church was to be built

Mark 8:27-30  -   Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”


The water flows from underground springs and makes its way down to the Galilee, then the Jordan River and eventually into the Dead Sea


A land flowing with milk and honey


As I drove back to the Sea of Galilee (and if you didn't know, it's only the size of a lake) I was greeted by this breathtaking vista.


My final shot of the day was when I pulled into Migdel where I was staying while in the Galilee... great guest house there name Beit Bracha (Meaning House of Blessings)

This is Mount Arbel on the left and the Valley of Doves.  Just beyond are the Horns of Hattin where on Saturday, July 4, 1187, the war between the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem and the forces of the Ayyubid dynasty was faught.

The Muslim armies under Saladin captured or killed the vast majority of the Crusader forces, removing their capability to wage war. As a direct result of the battle, Islamic forces once again became the eminent military power in the Holy Land, re-conquering Jerusalem and several other Crusader-held cities.  These Christian defeats prompted the Third Crusade, which began two years after the Battle of Hattin.

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DONATO CALABRESE(non-registered)
Wonderful your photo of mount of beatitude and lake of Kinneret. Is it possible to use it in my religious television program?
I expect your answer.
All best wishes.
Donato Calabrese
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